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>> in the news, hurricane irene has made landfall over north carolina as the center comes to shore. meetologists say it is weakening and downgraded the storm overnight to a category 1 hurricane with maximum winds ever 90 miles an hour. irene has caused thousand of flights to be cancelled at sfo international airport and throughout the country. >> and visibility less than 2 miles. 354 in san francisco.
oakland and 60 in san jose. >> good morning, i'm terry be mcsweeney. hurricane irene is weakening this morning. she still packs a punch with top winds clocked at 90 miles an hour heading northeast from north carolina with new york still in its path. abc john is live from lower manhattan right now. >> there are hurricane warnings now in 11 states up the atlanta coast. the storm, irene, has just washed the withouter banks of north carolina and it could be the storm of the century. >> irene's path of urban destruction makes this storm historic. >> this hurricane is real. it's headed our way. we are ready. we are prepared for the worse and we continue to pray for the best. >> after the carolinas she barrels straight toward new york city, hitting baltimore,
new york, d.c. and baltimore on its way. president obama, cutting his own vacation short, warned americans to take it seriously. >> i cannot stress this highly enough. if you are in the projected path of this hurricane, you have to take precautions now. don't wait. don't delay. >> new york is bracing for a direct hit. the city that never sleeps will have to walk. for the first time mayor michael bloomberg is shut be down mass transit. in man has tan a quarter million people have been told to move. >> we wouldn't do it now if we didn't think it had the potential to be very serious. >> it be of it would it could be worse sense 1938. on the new jersey shore, forget about it. >> get the ellis off the beach and get out. you are done. >> with winds up to 100 miles an hour, flying debris can become deadly. >> it can launch projectiles
that are large enough, heavy enough and traveling fast enough to kill a person. >> flights are cancelled up and down the coast. more than 400 at newark alone. washington expects to cancel more than the 6,000 previously cancelled. >> irene is expected to pack a whop. it's expect today hit so many urban areas. here in new york when the storm comes it's expected to lift these waters over the barrier and flood lower manhattan. reporting live in new york, abc news. now back to you. >> 2.3 million people are under mandatory evacuation orders, including all of lower manhattan. for the first time the new york subway system will be shut down. broadway shows and atlantic city casinos will go dark. the president has cut his vacation short and returned to walk ton. two mets games were postponed and the jets and giants preseason football games have been moved to monday.
lisa is watching it all. she joins us to talk about it. >> good morning. here is the latest on hurricane irene. at category 1 the winds are at 90 miles an hour. it tracks to the north, northeast at 14 miles an hour. the outer banks getting a lashing with rising water. rainfall amounts of two to three inches an hour, and the track right now right along the eastern seaboard. by 4:00 tomorrow morning we are look at winds of 60, 70 miles an hour as it continues through boston and out to sea here. so really we are looking at still another day and a half of tropical storm force winds, heavy rain and the current track will weaken it not until monday morning. but in terms of our radar, you can see we are looking at very heavy rain around moorhead city, north carolina, and up to a foot of a storm surge happening right around chesapeake bay where we have the low-lying area. terry. >> thanks very much. the mayor of washington d.c. and
the governors in ten states have declared states of emergencies. u.s. airlines says they will be cancelling at least 6,000 flights over the next three days. three major new york area airports are closed. law gourd yeah, jfk and newark. and abc seven reports from san francisco international airport. >> we really picked it. >> vacationing steven and dominique came up from sidney last week. they arrived to get shaken up by the east bay quake wednesday night. now they are stranded at sfo. their flight to new york was cancelled. >> it said through a computer votes it was cancelled. we went john and it said cancelled. we couldn't get in touch with american airlines. spent an hour and a half on the phone. >> they have been in line for 2 1/2 hours. hurricane irene is responsible for more than 6,000 night cancellations so far. east coast airports from washington to boston are
experiencing serious delays. irene is stranding hundreds of thousands of travelers. >> it will be very, very difficult, impossible to get to the northeast the next few days. >> anyone trying to get a seat on any airline this weekend will have a tough time. >> this is a very busy travel weekend just before labor day another week away and there are not a lot of extra seats on the planes right now. we will have to rebook three or four extra days of flight. >> people, like this woman, needs to get to her new york law school by monday. >> i'm trying to find out the earliest i can get out. flights will be shut down sunday so i'm hoping monday or tuesday to get a flight out. >> and these people may get to new york after all. >> we may be able to get a flight to new york monday morning via dallas if it doesn't get cancelled. >> all new york airports are expected to be closed by noon today. if you or yours are planning any
airline travel the next few days, log on to abc7news.com for the latest flight information and the latest status on hurricane irene. abc7 news. >> 26 firefighters from almeda and contra cost kau county stand ready to head to the new york area. they are on a team that coordinates responses. new york state needs to final eyes paperwork before they can depart. eight local red cross volunteers have departed to assist in coordinating any disaster relief efforts. >> we have some that are going out with disaster assessments, where they go to homes and figure out the damage. we have others their specialty is logistics and warehousing and distributing goods, trying to get the large pallets of goods that we have distributed amongst all the areas. >> the red cross also tells us dozens of other volunteers have signed up to head back east if
needed. agency spent 200 relief vehicles, two-thirds of their national fleet to that region. a magnitude 4.6 yet quake hit near hollister after midnight. it was centered in 36789innacles. the u.s. gs said a series of aftershocks were recorded, one at 3.6 at 12:20 this morning. 3.3 tumbler hit just before 1:30:00 a.m. a federal judge in san francisco has upheld barry bonds conviction on obstruction of justice charges after hearing oral arguments on thursday. late yesterday the judge refused to overturn the only unanimous decision reached by the jury in her courtroom last april. bonds is expected to appeal the decision to the ninth circuit court of appeals. the home run king was charged with lying to a grand jury when he denied using steroids. >> this evening the 49ers play
at candlestick park. the first game since last weekends game against the raiders. yesterday the head of nfl security came to town to see what the niners are doing to prevent that kind of mayhem from erupting again. they are promising more parking lot security and less tailgating. for the rest of the season tailgating will be halted at check off. coming up next, the san bruno pipeline explosion, and pg&e outlines a comprehensive plan to make sure it doesn't happen again. the wildfire blocking the may road into yosemite, if f f f f
with totino's pizza rolls. big pizza taste in a bite size roll that my kids can't resist. plus i get two box tops for their school. totino's pizza rolls. the pizza way to snack. >> pg&e is proposing a multi-year modernization plan that will make it's pipeline system one of the safest in the country.
it includes verifying and upgrading the entering right of all of it's 6,000 miles of gas pipelines. the national utility commission is in the course of setting new safety requirements in the weak of the deadly accident in san bruno. a sea lion found shot has been euthanized. king neptune was being cared for at the mammal center. the sea lion developed an infection from the gunshot wound and then a serious case of pneumonia. it was shot by a large calendar weapon. hopefully they will have better with a sea lion rescue thursday night. it was found stuck in the mud of east palo alto. he was described as lethargic and underweight but they don't know what's wrong with it. a three mile brush fire west of yosemite park has close an
entrance to yosemite this morning. as rick reports, hundreds of tour efforts staying in el port he will had to be evacuated. >> fire lines continue to burn near ridges atop the merced river canyon friday evening. more than a thousand crews worked into the night, many taking a break here. the firefighters did not rest long. they quickly moved along to keep aan on the flames overnight. their focus, protecting homes and businesses. >> a lot of people, it takes them a long time to get adjusted to the fact that something like this can happen on an annual basis. >> charles brought his son up to the overlook. they live in mid-pine so their home is not in danger yet. but many of their friends have already left their homes behind. >> and that's a hard thing mentally to take. it's scary, it's panic-driven, it's all these things that hit
the emotions. >> friday afternoon most of the fire fight came from overhead. helicopters hovering above the cold river sucked up water to drop on to the flames. hand cruz worked on building fire lines but the steep mountains limited their work. >> we are in the merced river canyon. there's rocky, steep, grassy terrain so that's playing a part. there are areas that are inaccessible by road for the firefighters. >> businesses like the cedar launch hit along the fire's edge. the hotel was forced to evacuate several hundred guests when the fire started." crews are also worried about the historic lookout tower, tumble peak. as more heat is expect this had weekend, the next few weeks look to be filled with hazy skies and burning mountain sides. all entrances into the park will be open this weekend but no access through highway 140.
officials have no word on the containment on the fire. a good reminder fire season is upon us and things are heating up a bit maybe. >> especially for the weekend. we have some dense fog this morning along the coast but that's because high pressure is sitting right on top of us. east bay the numbers in the 50s. low fog and clouds. pretty shallow deck so we will see quicker burn off. warmer day today. i'll talk about the weekend coming up. >> also next, with brian wilson on the disabled list, they turn to santiago to close it out. sports coming up. [ cherie ] i always had a job, ever since i was fourteen.
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>> you are looking at a live picture from the rooftop camera. one thing you can take away from that picture, other than it's a beautiful picture, look toward the bay bridge and you can't quite see it all because of the low overcast. it was just so thick coming across the golden gate bridge this morning. i mean, it was thick. >> yesterday too. the mist, the drizzle, not a whole lot of change this morning. you will need the wipers heading out for a short time before seeing clearing. the golden gate bridge, the sun officially up at 6:35. setting at 7:46. we talked about the low clouds, the fog, and the deck of that
marine overcast. around 1200 feet deep. so it's not all that deep. it will begin to burn off. we will see a nice afternoon. in fact, temperatures will be coming up over the weekend. it's 60 antioch. gusty winds out by the belt two. san jose one of the spots. 56 along the coast. and visibility here just at about two miles. and oakland at 55. 51 in santa rosa. 24 hours ago, we were warmer. so everyone today, anywhere from two to five degrees cooler. if you are heading outside, grab the jacket and you will have that mist and drizzle to greet you if you are around the bay. but overall, we are looking at a little bit of a warmup before we cool down into next week. so areas of dense fog with some spotty drizzle this morning. hot inland. we are talking more low 90s over the weekend. but don't get too used to it. by the end of the weekend we will see a cooler pattern. we are talking about maybe
heating up again into next weekend, which will be a long holiday weekend. labor day. here's a look at cloud cover. these are clouds streaming up from mexico and arizona. an area of high pressure to the south and east of us and the clouds rotating around that high, bringing up some of the moisture into southern california, central california. will it reach the bay area? we will see perhaps a few high clouds. more so in the south bay. chance of showers or thunderstorm, a very slight chance. this is south of monterey. san benito county. the bay area enjoying more sunshine today and the southwestern ridge allowing much of california to heat up. it's been quite hot, a searcher in vegas and palm springs. 107, 114 respectively. 93 in los angeles. possibility of some showers and thunderstorms around yosemite. 103 in fresno. very warm. it's 99 sacramento.
but along the coast we have mother's nature natural air conditioner and enjoying comfortable readings. back home low to mid-80s today. 86 in campbell. a beautiful day on the peninsula. low clouds and fog with the visibility a problem here along pacifica and half moon bay early. we will see partial afternoon clearing. 78 redwood city. downtown about 6 today. in the north bay lows from about 60, and 95 up in clear lake. low 60s berkeley, low 80s fremont. you head inland, it's a warm with low 90s, maybe even mid-90s. >> 89 dublin and down by the monterey bay, fog and maybe high clouds with 94 in gilroy. accuweather seven-day forecast, even a little bit hotter tomorrow. we are talking slightly cooler into next week with numbers really coming down by the middle of the week. but you know, don't be fooled. we are just in september next
weekend and we could be heating up for the big holiday. >> all right, lisa. thank you very much. in sports the giants will be sending their top minor league pitching prospect, double aleft-hander, eric, to the mound. last night bum guardner pitched a gem. could the offense give him support, even a little. the highlights in this morning's sports. >> good morning. science tells us it takes thousands of years and immense pressure to create a diamond. similar to what the giants go through each night to try to score a run these days. giants and astros, they are running opposite. i'm dancing with a girl! shake it, don't break it, pops! madison bum guardner on the mound. six innings and strikes him out. one earned run. scoreless until the fifth. two on for jeff keppinger, the former astro drives in a wear. giants up 2-0. and to the 7th.
looks home. no play there. got the out at first but matt down scored. santiago casilla slams the door and gets the save. giants win 2-1 to remain three back of the d-backs, who also won. a's and red sox in boston. wakefield going for win number 200. not going to get it. scott size says knuckle this. 4-1 a's after the bomb. and josh willingham muscles up. willingham's 23rd of the year. a's up 8-1. the a's pitchers having a hard time keeping the ball in the yard. this thing was crushed. that would be with authority. the game was so out of hand, lookout. it was so out of hand they brought an outfielder to pitch. and wondering why he have never pitched before? that's why. joshjosh willingham, the only h. a's clobber the sox 15-5.
torrell prior participated in his first practice with the raiders yesterday. call it immediate emersion training. arrived in napa, signed his contract and started cramming on the raiders playbook. he has to learn as much as he can the next two weeks because once the season begins he has to start serves a five game suspension. when he wasn't practicing he was pretty much glued to hu jackson's side everminute. obvious the transition to the nfl is going to take a little while. >> not nervous, it's just so you are getting so much information and you are just trying to -- my mind wants to accomplish it, i want to accomplish it, but it's overwhelming. >> i will be attached to my hip, too, i'm the head coach and i'm the offensive play caller. that's good for him. he's a good young man. i want him to hear how to play sounds, want him to get a feel for how we go about doing it and learn our tempo.
that's the first day to him. kudos to him. i thought he did a good job. >> notice prior wearing number 6 with the raiders. he wore number 2 with ohio state. the raiders don't want him wearing number 2 here because of that man. and it's the jinx. that was russell's number. >> coach won't let me wear number 2. why, you tell me. he won't let me wear number 2 so i'm going off what the coach tells me. >> danica patrick is heading to nascar next year. but this year it's indy cars. the best finish at infinion and fifth in 2008. danica says she enjoys the track here, as well as the surroundings. >> on the track, you are know, i feel like this is a real rhythm track. if you get in a good rhythm here and get comfortable with the car and put it where you want it and get aggressive, it can be a good day for you, it can be a good
weekend. off the track i look forward to the wine. >> the sharks continue their busy off-season locking up one of their top scorers. logan agreed to a two-year $5.7 million extension. could have ban restricted free agent next summer but they lock hem up. instead he will be in san jose where he 32 goals his rookie season. and most people bouncing tennis balls on their racket in one location. the number was 658 people for ten seconds. each child participating received a free will son tennis racket. that's a wrap on morning sports. mike will be here with your highlights. special early edition of the news at 3:30 in the news and back again at 11:00. have a great weekend. i'm larry. and next, hurricane irene makes landfall in north carolina as new york city prepares for the worse.
and 650-horsepower roaring into the wine country as indy cars coming cruising in to northern california. these sweehoney clustery things have fiber? fiber one. almost tastes like one of jack's cereals. uh forgot jack's cereal. [ jack ] what's for breakfast? uh, try the number one! i've never heard of that. [ wife ] it's great. it's a sweet honey cereal, you'll love it. are you guys alright?
england. we report from north carolina. >> fierce winds and heavy rainfall started hitting north carolina coastline saturday and cities along the east coast are bracing for hurricane irene. >> for some people in the northeast this will be the strongest hurricane they have experienced in perhaps 20 years. >> irene makes landfall this morning in north carolina and people have been ordered to evacuate many coastal cities. new york has order an unprecedented mandatory evacuation for low-lying areas of the city. >> the best thing that could happen to us is the storm turns due east and heads out to east but that's not likely to happen. there will be, unfortunately, a serious storm coming in, and ice better to take precautions and get out of the way of the storm. mother nature is much stronger than all of us. >> people have been warned to prepare for power outage, flash
floods and storm surges. broadway is going dark and even the new york subway system is scheduled to stop running this afternoon. the president says that the government is ready, but said people on the east coast need to stay alert. >> i cannot stress this highly enough. if you are in the projected path of this hurricane, you have to take precautions now. don't wait. don't delay. we all hope for the best but we have to be prepared for the worst. >> as the hurricane comes here, it has the potential of creating a storm surge with the potential for destruction could be catastrophic. reporting from the outer banks in north carolina. meteorologist lisa is watching the storm and she has new information ton right now. lisa. >> hi. yes, it continues to weaken as it pushes on shore so right now hurricane irene is a category 1 with winds down from 90 miles an
hour to 80 miles an hour. it's not a big difference because we are still looking at a massive storm surge, very heavy rain, gusty winds, and it continues on its track right along the coast. the question was whether or not it was going to be a little further to the east or west. now it looks like it will be hugging the shoreline here. so we are looking at tropical storm force winds all the way lou today. hurricane force winds along north carolina's outer banks as this begins to move to the north. we are looking at that storm surge right here. chesapeake bay, very low levels of the sounds there, over a foot. and on top of that, two to three inches of rain possible. so this will continue to weaken as it moves up. very heavy rain expected right through tomorrow and into monday morning. and boston, new york city, and here's the circulation right now. you can see these outer bands pushing into north carolina and in the next six hours through virginia. terry. >> all right, lisa, thanks very much. as the tenth anniversary of
9/11 approaches. president obama and is using his weekly address to ask those to come together and remember those lost in the attacks. >> we remember the lives we've lost. we will stan with the families who loved them. we will honor the heroic first responders who rushed to the scene and saved so many. >> he says the nation will also mark 9/11 to pay tribute to the troops who have served in the ten years since. a labor of love by a group of east bay skateboarders was torn down earlier this week. the guys built the skateboard park nearing the oakland emeryville border under the bridge, but caltran said it's illegal. >> alex is taking one last ride around the skateboard park that he and a dozen friends built by hand a couple years ago. he can't understand why caltran's crews are tearing it down. >> we've been painting over the graffiti and having cleanup days and picking up the trash.
i don't know why they don't see that as like a positive like push towards something good. >> but the state obviously doesn't see it that way exactly. >> we are letting it goes because number one it sets a precedent, and two, there are liability issues, the other is crime issues, homelessness issues, all sorts of issues that arise. >> there was hope of keeping the spot open, maybe working out a deal with caltran. skate borers say with reinvolvement agencies on the way out and the economy what it is, city officials in oakland and rimville were unable to come up with the money for the $5,000 per month lease that caltrans wanted. so he took his petition of more than 600 signatures to caltrans to plead his case but the fate of the park was sealed. >> i feel like something has been taken to me that i like
cherished so much. i was in love with this place and now like someone is going to kill it. like they are going to kill it. it sucks. >> chp officers came in to tell him the ride was over. we asked him where to from here? and he told us he will take his board to the streets. >> well, caltrans said it's negotiating with a billboard company maybe to put a billboard right there where the skateboard was so some of the land might become revenue housing producing. there's at skateboard park half a mile from that one and they plan to take that one down too. lisa jones us with so much to talk about. we have a heating pattern there and they have the stuff going on back east what's going on? >> finally a little summer coming our way. we've had about two, three days of it this summer. fog stays at the coast. a live look outside from the roof camera. not bad out there.
forward to every year. we check out the prerace excitement. >> to listen to the sound of music infinion raceway style. it has no beat, no tunes, no lyrics, and for those who come to hear it, no rival. >> it isn't we're than this. the beatles or this? >> this. >> drive by truckers or this? >> this? >> how about drive-by indy cars in they have plenty of those this weekend. an acquired taste. >> well, got a 1400-pound car, got 750-horsepower, and you are basically strapping yourself inside of a missile. >> dan paw patrick and other drivers are strapping themselves into missiles. the others of us are just watching. >> what would you give to get in one of the cars? >> i was told they would have to use the jaws of life to get me out. >> these cars are different. instead of going 230 miles an hour around an over value track,
they push about 160 here with different gearing and suspension and tighter turns generating 5gs. >> it's a challenging track. a lot separates the weak from the strong. >> which one are you? >> i'm a -- >> also known as meek, a jack plan in the pits where every job is ultraspecialized. if you spend $20,000 to race a car all season, you can probably afford a guy like him. >> can you get auto insurance for something like this? >> there is a type of insurance but it's real costly. >> another reason why it's better to watch than to drive, even if you spend $800 for a mobile home, parking place this weekend. >> you could be golfing, you could be wine tasting, you could be -- >> at the races. >> and we are back on the green
and speaking of racing here is a little thing to impress your friends with. you know the wings on the front of the cars? at speeds they generate at many as 5,000 pounds of downdraft. in fact, if they ran one of those cars on a roof at that speed, the dealing upside down, it would stick. from in finishian raceway, wane wane -- wayne friedman. abc7 news. >> what will it be like for the race. >> warm. 80s and 90s away from the coast. the deck of low clouds, we are talking about 1200 feet. so, yeah, it's going to take a little while to burn off. 6:35 is the sunrise. 7:46 the sunset this evening. 54 right now in san francisco. the cool spot to the north, stanley rose, 51.
we have three quarter mile visibility with fog in santa rosa. fog around the shoreline around half moon bay. 60 san jose. a few high clouds entering the picture today. showers, not likely, but the possibility of a thunderstorm way south around san benito county. and with the fog we are talking about 2 to 5 degrees cooler than yesterday. a cooler start. we have the mist and the drizzle. you may need your wipers this morning. areas of dense fog from the spotty drizzle to get you going on saturday. hot inland with temperatures returning into the low and even some mid-90s. then we are talking a cooler weather pattern for the middle of next week. so we will slowly cool it down come monday and tuesday. more dramatic cooling in the middle of the week. then we are talking perhaps a warm holiday weekend for labor day. here's a look at our satellite and radar composite. there were some clouds into southern california. we are ting to see some
mid-level clouds rotate around an area of high pressure that is around mexico and arizona. now the flow around the highest clockwise so we are looking at these clouds ting to extreme up. so you may see some higher clouds around parts of the central coast today. monterey, gilroy, but overall we are going to see more sunshine across the bay area. and the chance of showers or thunderstorms not great. in fact, we are looking at just a few higher clouds. so in terms of the heat, yeah, it's on because of that area of high pressure i talked about has been expanding into parts of southern california. so that's bringing the heat. it's been very warm for palm springs. chance of a thunderstorm there. 114. 107 in las vegas. you, too, have the risk of thunder. and yosemite, check it out, 98 degrees. and 103 in fresno and along the coast very comfortable. once again, we've got a wide range of temperatures. back home nice day today in santa clara, and mel pitta's at
82. and peninsula low 60s. partial afternoon clearing. palo alto and san francisco coming in at 67 today n the north bay we have the 60s around stinson, bodega bay. and 86 calistoga. near east bay look for 77 in san leandro. but further east in the low 80s castro valley. upper 80s for dublin. low 90s pleasanton, walnut creek and danville with brentwood coming in at 95 today. a few high clouds toward hollister and salinas. 70s and upper 80s here. here's a look ahead. we are keeping it low inland today. a couple degrees warmer tomorrow. still mild temperatures at the coast. that stays the same while we slowly cool off monday and tuesday. more dramatic cooling the middle of next week. >> hard to believe september is just about here. >> yeah, and the kids are back to school. of course it's warm, right? >> exactly. lisa, thanks. the national park in san francisco is making plans to honor more than 6,000 linguists
from world war ii. they were mostly japanese americans serving their countries while many of their families were ordered into detention centers. this morning the assignment seven report we reveal the secrets of building 640. >> this warehouse today sits empty and negotiated. but building 640 has a secret history that's about to be told n1941 before pearl harbor it housed the first class of the u.s. army's secret military intelligence service language school, training 60 linguists in anticipation of a war with japan. 68 were second generation or born here. >> the u.s. army knew that japan's war was coming. so they collected the few nesas they could find that were bilingual. >> among them was 93-year-old tom, was a 23-year-old
private then. born in san jose, he had been drafted and found himself in desert anti-tank maneuvers when he was approached by the head of the school. >> he said, i will make you a commissioned officer if you attend a secret school in san francisco. that looked a hell of a lot better than being in a desert. >> the school was moved to minnesota after pearl harbor. while he went on to become an interpreter in the pacific, his family was ordered to leave their farm and sent to an arkansas internment camp. now 640 will become a learning center, as imagined in this drawing, telling the story of japanese like him. the story of patriotism and the pain of prejudice. >> some of us wanted to prove ourselves in combat, of you are
loyalty to our country. and that i think is a big lesson for future generations to see. >> a modeling of the future. building 640 is at the national japanese historical society which helped make the dream a reality. a trust also played a role. >> an incredible piece of property you are looking at is actually a very important piece of history that's not only important to the national japanese american historical society, but important to the country. >> he ended up staying in the army with a long and distinguished career that included serving as president eisenhower's interpreter. the boy from san jose now relishes the memories and is hopeful building 640 will help keep them alive for future generations. abc7 news. >> ground breaking for the learning center is scheduled for today. don't go away, 7 on your side is next. a woman wants her $25,000,
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bank was sitting on $25,000 of your money. that's what happened to a bay area woman. michael finney stepped in to help. >> before she died, betty lou gave her daughter susan the house they shared for 20 years. it's surrounded by gardens, filled with memories and now in need after big repair job. >> my hardwood floors started buckling. >> there was a buckled pipe underneath her kitchen and water everywhere. >> i was shocked. i had no idea there would be that much damage. >> workers ripped out floors in the dining room, kitchen, living room and even cabinets had to go. state farm insurance agreed to pay just under $25,000 for the repairs. and sue figured everything would
work out fine. but it didn't. >> the check was made payable to sue bensinger and bac home loan services. >> that's where the trouble occurred. state farm had written the check to sue and her mortgage lender, bank of america. the bank cashed the checks. promising to dole out moneys as repairs were done. however here's the first check made out to sue's mother, betty lou. >> i told her she died. this is a check in my mother's name, not my name and i'm unable to cash it. >> the bank issued another check made out to sue and her mother's estate. however, her mother left no estate. therefore, sue still couldn't cash the check. >> they needed a copy of her death certificate, a copy of the property deed. >> sue provided all the paperwork and still bank of america said it could only issue a check to her mother since betty lou's name was on the lone. sue could not assume the lone, and, she says, the bank wouldn't take her loan payments anymore either.
>> so i actually got nervous that they might try to take the house away from me. >> finally sue simply paid off the mortgage entirely with just $17,000 left on the lone. however, even that didn't help. bank of america still said it had to put betty lou's name on the insurance check. >> i was losing sleep over this." i was getting very nervous that i was never going to see this money. >> months went by. the house repairs were left undone, floors ripped out and the nearly $25,000 still sitting at the bank. >> so i contacted 7 on your side just out of desperation. >> we contacted bank of america and the bank's executive offices agreed to look into her case. and within weeks, the logjam broke. bank of america found a way to issue the check in sue's name alone. the bank telling us, we truly apologize for her experience with the bank and trying to get the insurance proceeds. >> without 7 on your side i still wouldn't have that check.
i am so grateful. i am so grateful. >> bank of america says the situation was complicated by the fact that she owned the house but not the lone. however, the bank said it should have tried harder to resolve the matter quicker. we do thank the folks at bank of america for working with us to get it all settled. i'm michael finney, 7 on your side. coming up next, latin flavor. ♪. history of latinos in american popular music.
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>> abc7 arts and entertainment reporter, don sanchez explains the influence of latinos in american popular music. >> the rhythm, the packs. the traditions of latin music have impacted american music forever. we offer a historical perspective of that influence from after world war ii to today. >> latin sound is probably the greatest crossover of rhythm and sound of anything. it's just the heart and soul of the community. it was picked up in ways that are very profound. >> the smithsonian organized the show which originated with with a music project in seattle. >> the roots of the music runs deep but most made the crossover into pop music.
bigger than life. ♪. >> he is joined by many others in the bay area. one of five regions where the music integrated into the culture. texas at saw leana, the miami sound and new york with rodriguez fuente. los angeles shows up with groups like loss pobbas.. >> i think what it does, it helps sort of promote the resources that we have through exhibits. >> corporate sponsors are paying the bill. he hopes it will be significant to a new generation. >> if they see these stories they may say it might inspire one of them to say i can do this too. >> eats a traveling exhibition here through november 13th. abc7 news. >> that's all at the
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